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Master Builders on campaign for affordable housing


Arlington City Council is getting a breather this summer month of August, after two noncontroversial items were discussed at last Monday’s workshop meeting and scheduled for approval this Monday.

Everyone at the table seemed supportive of renewal an inter-local agreement with Snohomish County Regional Drug and Gang Taskforce, as presented by the recently appointed Deputy Chief of Psolice, Dan Cone.

He said last week that the increase in price is the result of changing the budget cycle to match federal funding.

The amount of $6,148 is slightly higher than last year’s $4,848 because the term of the agreement changed from July-June to July-September.

“We use (the task force) a lot,” Cone said.

The agreement allows participating jurisdictions to jointly coordinate selected law enforcement activities, resources and functions to disrupt illegal drug trafficking.

Mayor Barbara Tolbert noted that the task force also provides education and outreach in schools.

Council didn’t object to surplusing a 1998 Spartan Fire Engine that was replaced recently.

They did inquire, however about the ladder truck that was also replaced.

Fire Chief Bruce Stedman said the ladder truck will be kept for possible sharing in the region.

At last week’s workshop meeting, a representative from Master Builders Association, Angie Sievers, gave a presentation on the MBA’s initiative to find affordable housing in communities of Washington state.

After giving an overview of the MBA’s mission, Sievers shared some interesting statistics.

“In 2015, 90,000 people moved into Washington state and in that same year 32,000 housing units were built,” Sievers said.

That created a 19 percent increase of unsheltered people, she said, noting that the association is seeking solutions through new zoning strategies.

She announced a housing summit is planned in Bellevue on Sept. 15, for builders, developers and lawmakers to brainstorm solutions.


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